Massive allegations
According to criticism from Stegner, Facebook deletes the right fake account

The SPD politician Ralf Stegner has made massive allegations against Facebook. Photo: Carsten Rehder / dpa

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Does Facebook tolerate “right-wing extremist activities” on its platform? The SPD politician Ralf Stegner makes serious accusations. The controversial site is now online.

The SPD politician Ralf Stegner has made massive allegations against Facebook.

The social platform did not initially want to delete a right-wing extremist fake account with hate tirades, on which Stegner advertises in a photo montage for the AfD, said the former SPD federal vice and current SPD state parliamentary group leader in Schleswig-Holstein on Tuesday German press agency.

Facebook was thus suspected of “at least tolerating extreme right-wing activities,” criticized Stegner. “If Facebook does not manage to finally put an end to this within the framework of self-regulation, the legislative process must be stepped up.” The SPD politician announced a lawsuit against unknown persons for defamation and defamation. He assumes that Facebook will help identify the fake account.

When asked by dpa, a Facebook spokesman said, “The page in question has now been blocked because it violates our guidelines. We have a zero tolerance policy towards hate speech and extremist groups and organizations that call for hate and violence. »

According to a Facebook user, Stegner was referred to “the existence of this Schmäh page”. “Unfortunately, Facebook reportedly failed to detect a violation of the Facebook rules,” said Stegner. “And that, although in order to identify the page for what it is, no special knowledge is required.” Facebook is still doing too little against right-wing trolls.

Facebook said it invests several billion dollars a year in the security of its platforms. “We know that we still have a lot of work ahead of us,” said the spokesman. “In the past few years, we have made significant progress in the fight against illegal content.”